Learned something new and alarming today – the #1 killer of Gorillas in Captivity is heart disease. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that our close cousins are subject to the same ailments that we are and Zoos are notorious for over-feeding their animals (keeping a while animal sedate can be accomplished with keeping them more than full) and providing very little physical activity – then again, not sure that I want to ‘exercise’ a Tiger.
Zoologists at Cleveland’s Metroparks Zoo are trying to combat this issue by changing the primates’ diet – exchanging starchy carbs for fiber rich greens. Read more about this process at National Geographic. Thanks to the Leaky Foundation for sharing this on Twitter (follow them on Twitter – @LeakyFoundation).